Wildscreen, the bi-annual natural history film festival, has received almost 500 entries for its Panda Awards, which are to be given out at a ceremony on October 18 in Bristol, England.
The event this year will see 46 countries competing for what the event calls the “Oscars of the international wildlife filming making industry.” New countries represented for the first time include entries from Bermuda, Egypt, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Slovakia and Zambia, while the festival’s Newcomer Award has received a record 94 entries.
An awards shortlist will be announced in the coming weeks. The Panda Awards are given out during the Wildscreen Festival, which takes place from October 14-19.
“The record numbers of entries this year demonstrates the breadth of talent and enthusiasm across the world, and shows that the natural history film industry is very much alive and kicking,” said Richard Edwards, chief executive of Wildscreen, the not-for-profit organization behind the festival.